Interview with Tricia Zoeller by Aoife Marie Sheridan

Question: What have you published recently?

I recently released urban fantasy First Born in May 2013. The eBook is available now and the paperback will be out by the end of June or the early part of July. This is book one in the mystery/paranormal series about a shapeshifter in Atlanta.


Question: How, and when, did you decide to become a writer?

I’ve written from the time I was very young. I wrote for the school paper in high school and studied journalism in college. After college, I obtained my master’s degree and worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist. I returned to writing when health problems struck and it has felt like coming home.


Question: Where can we find your published writing?

Question: What is a typical day like for you as a writer?

I’ve found that I write best right after I wake up in the morning. If I can spend several hours at the beginning of my day uninterrupted, I can really crank on something. If I’m in the middle of writing a novel, I often do the writing/creating at this time of day capitalizing on the dream-like state. I address edits and rewrites in the afternoon. Navigating the social media world and marketing are done first thing with coffee and then a bit in the late afternoon. I’m still learning how to balance this.

Question: What are your favorite characters that you have created? Tell us about them

This is difficult. I love Lily, the character in my first book. She learns what she’s made of in First Born. She is a twenty-six-year-old graphic designer who is thrown a curve ball in life. She is silly, but responsible, feminine, but tough. She must unravel family secrets and delve into her Chinese heritage to survive. She’s a fighter.


I like Violet, the character in my YA work in progress as well. She’s a seventeen-year-old girl with a visual impairment who must battle otherworldly creatures in Into the Wind. Because of her disability, she is a problem-solver and fearless. Despite the name, she’s no shrinking flower.



Question: do you find you “mentally edit” other writers’ works as you read them? Does doing this help you or bother you?


Unfortunately, I do. However, I’m not perfect. I think it is always easier to find the nitpicky things in someone else’s work. I actually think I learn from these mistakes. It makes me more vigilant in my own work to avoid those same pitfalls.

Question: What music do you listen to, while writing?


Music is an integral part of my scene building. The music depends on the character and predicament. I will put a specific song on “repeat” as I write a particularly intense scene. For my fantasy pieces, I find myself listening to soundtracks and any score by Hans Zimmer.

Question: What do you eat while writing?


Chocolate, licorice. Pretty much everything that is bad for me.


Five for Fun:

What is your favourite non-alcoholic drink? Much like my character, Lily, I love Coca-Cola.

What is your favourite cartoon character? Do I have to pick one? I love Snoopy.

What is your favourite movie of all time?

I love the Harry Potter Series. Serious piece, I choose Memoirs of a Geisha. Silly—anything with Will Ferrell in it makes me laugh until I cry (serious therapy). And Sci Fi – I can watch The Fifth Element over and over again. My stepson Jody and I almost named the dog Leeloo Multipass.


What do you like to do for fun or just to relax?

I am always reading a book. My escape time is walking the dog with my husband or time with my book club girls.

Question: Where can we find you on the web?






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